Radiofrequency Closure for Varicose Veins

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Dr Mitar Vranic
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As a practitioner with Western Vascular Institute, Dr. Mitar Vranic builds on two decades of experience in vascular surgery. Dr. Mitar Vranic applies this experience in performing radiofrequency closure and other procedures that treat varicose veins.

Radiofrequency closure, also known as radiofrequency ablation, addresses the venous reflex disease that often causes varicose veins. It serves as an alternative to traditional vein stripping, which requires invasive surgical removal of the diseased veins. Instead, radiofrequency ablation uses laser energy to prompt the closure of diseased veins.

The surgeon starts by numbing the area with a topical and local anesthetic. Then, by way of a small incision, he or she passes a catheter or similar tool into the affected vein. The catheter serves as a channel through which the surgeon introduces an electrode or laser fiber.

When the surgeon pulls back on the catheter to expose the end of the fiber or electrode, energy passes into the vein as heat. This heat shrinks the collagen in the vein wall, which in turn causes the vein to shrink and close. The surgeon then removes the catheter and the patient’s body proceeds to heal the closure by rerouting blood to healthy veins.

Patients typically resume normal activity the same day and see results in only a few days. For 95 percent of these individuals, success is lasting.

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Radiofrequency Closure for Varicose Veins

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Peripheral Vascular Disease
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As the founder and president of the Western Vascular Institute in Mesa, Arizona, Dr. Mitar Vranic has cared for numerous patients with varicose veins. Dr. Mitar Vranic offers radiofrequency vein closure as a treatment option.

Radiofrequency vein closure, also known as radiofrequency ablation, treats varicose veins without the hospital stay and extended recovery time of traditional vein surgery. Instead, the practicing surgeon uses radio energy to cause the vein to collapse and close. The procedure begins following the application of a low-level sedative or local anesthetic, which is given to keep the patient comfortable.

The surgeon then injects saline into the vein in order to clear the area of blood. Once the vein is clear, the surgeon introduces a small catheter into the vein, where radiofrequency energy generates heat, which in turn causes the vein to shrink. As the vein walls collapse and come together, the vein closes. Most patients can walk out of the medical office following the procedure, although surgeons typically require patients to wear compression stockings for a minimum of one week after the treatment.

Common Causes of Varicose Veins

A vascular surgeon in Mesa, Arizona, Mitar Vranic is the founder of Western Vascular Institute, PLLC. In addition to treating a variety of vascular diseases, Mitar Vranic and his partner Dr. Henry Tarlian treat varicose veins using techniques such as advanced radio frequency, a less painful alternative to surgery or vein ligation.

Varicose veins are swollen veins visible just under the surface of the skin. While they typically cause few symptoms or trouble, they can sometimes lead to moderate pain, blood clots, skin ulcers, and other problems. Age is one common factor contributing to varicose veins; as skin ages, veins lose their elasticity, causing blood to pool and veins to become enlarged.

Pregnant women may also experience varicose veins, as pregnancy causes an increase in blood volume and a decrease in blood flow from the legs to the pelvis. Additionally, changing hormone levels may affect the appearance of varicose veins.